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April 29, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The WB lives on. Eighteen months after shutting down its TV network that captured the youth zeitgeist with such shows as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek," Warner Bros. Television said Monday that it was resurrecting "the WB" vibe and moniker -- on the Internet. The Burbank-based television studio, part of the Time Warner Inc. empire, has been experimenting with ways to parlay its strength in TV programming onto the Web. Although earlier efforts sputtered, Warner Bros.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 2007 | From Reuters
Comcast Corp. said it would provide clips from the Golf Channel, E! and other cable TV broadcasts to an online video site planned by News Corp. and NBC Universal, joining a project aimed at competing with Google Inc.'s YouTube. Comcast also will distribute the online video site through Comcast.net and Fancast.com, which is a new entertainment site launching this summer. Other companies that have signed on as distributors include Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
"Swingtown" is a CBS television show, scheduled for midseason, about partner-swapping couples. It's also what CBS executives lightheartedly call their new Internet strategy. The idea is to let their online material be promiscuous: Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to CBS.com, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit. "CBS is all about open, nonexclusive, multiple partnerships," said Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
As television networks and producers scramble to catch the wave of video-on-demand programming, local TV stations have been left stranded on the beach. But today, Warner Bros. Television Group is throwing a line to stations eager to test the waters. Warner plans to offer broadcasters the right to stream on their own websites older episodes of its popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men."
BUSINESS
May 5, 2006 | Chris Gaither and Meg James, Times Staff Writers
CBS Corp. continued its aggressive push online Thursday by launching a broadband channel with its own slate of shows -- leapfrogging ahead of other broadcasters in the search for Internet audiences. The website, named Innertube, is the network's latest bid to goose Internet advertising revenue and attract younger viewers to its on-air programs. CBS executives said the site, at cbs.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
NBC Universal and Walt Disney-ABC TV Group said Wednesday that they would jointly make available their quirky hospital comedy "Scrubs" on Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store and share the revenue. Although "Scrubs" is produced and owned by Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Television, this season's episodes will be available on NBC's "storefront" on the iTunes site because NBC broadcasts the show.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Fox Broadcasting said Thursday that it would soon make its popular prime-time programs, such as "24" and "Prison Break," available on the Internet and video-on-demand services as part of a precedent-setting deal that shares revenue with its affiliate station groups. Unlike its media rivals -- NBC, ABC and CBS -- which have miffed their TV affiliates by negotiating short-term arrangements to offer downloads on various other outlets and their own websites, Fox took a different approach.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2006 | Chris Gaither and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Add March Madness to the woes of corporate technology managers, those oft-maligned computer experts appreciated only when e-mail goes kaput or a PC devours a day's work. When the NCAA basketball championship gets into full swing Thursday, some fear Internet broadcasts of the tournament could overwhelm company networks and slow down work for everybody -- not just hoops-loving shirkers.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
News Corp. and NBC Universal on Thursday named a little-known former executive of Amazon.com as head of its highly touted and well-financed online video joint venture. Jason Kilar, who helped Amazon.com break into DVD sales in his decade with the online retailer, brings expertise in e-commerce and a passion for delivering a great user experience for video on the Web, his new employers say.
TRAVEL
October 7, 2007 | Jason La
The beaches of Santa Barbara are dazzling, but the city's architecture can be just as alluring. Watch "Beyond the Rooftops: Santa Barbara's Red Tile Walking Tour," a new video podcast from the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau, and see for yourself. The 16-minute video takes you on a tour of the city's Spanish architecture, highlighting its 17th and 18th century abodes and other historic buildings.
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